Nakheel aims to build on Dubai's expansion plans

Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah is banking on the expansion of Dubai’s new airport, the Expo 2020 and an expansion of Jebel Ali Port to fuel demand for thousands of new apartments the company plans to build in Dubai’s southern districts.

Speaking at Tuesday’s Cityscape Global property show in Dubai, Mr Lootah unveiled images for Ibn Battuta Residences, two towers of 531 apartments located next to Ibn Battuta Mall, which the company plans to complete at the end of 2019.

Nakheel is already planning to expand its leasing portfolio from around 18,000 homes at the moment to around 36,000 over the next five years.

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New property projects at Cityscape Global 2016 in Dubai – in pictures

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Earlier this week the company announced plans to build more than 15,000 homes in 42 towers at its new Jebel Ali Gardens project.

Despite the fact that property brokers calculate that rents in Dubai have fallen slightly since the start of the year as the city’s economy slowed, Mr Lootah said that Nakheel’s existing rental portfolio is currently 97 per cent occupied.

Rents in Nakheel’s portfolio are holding steady and prices are at the same level of 2014, he added.

“People are still coming to Dubai and they are still buying,” Mr Lootah. “Brexit has had no impact on our sales. We are creating jobs because of all the retail we are opening.”

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